Crying Shame: Metaculture, Modernity, and the Exaggerated Death of Lament

Crying Shame: Metaculture, Modernity, and the Exaggerated Death of Lament

Author(s): James M. Wilce

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

Print ISBN: 9781405169929

Online ISBN: 9781444306248

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306248

About this Book

Building on ethnographic fieldwork and extensive historical evidence, Crying Shame analyzes lament across thousands of years and nearly every continent.

  • Explores the enduring power of lament: expressing grief through crying songs, often in a collective ritual context
  • Draws on the author's extensive ethnographic fieldwork, and unique long-term engagement and participation in the phenomenon
  • Offers a startling new perspective on the nature of modernity and postmodernity
  • An important addition to growing literature on cultural globalization

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Locating Lament as Object - Introduction

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  2. Part II: Losing Lament: Modernity as Loss - Introduction

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  3. Part III: Reviving Lament: Lament as Key Trope of Modernity - Introduction

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